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The early Christian claim that Jesus of Nazareth was God completely changed the course of Western civilization. What exactly happened, such that Jesus came to be considered God?
To ask this question is to delve into a fascinating, multilayered historical puzzle - one that offers a richly illuminating look into the origins of the Western worldview and the theological underpinnings of our civilization. This fundamental historical question and its complex answer speak penetratingly to the spiritual impulses, concerns, and beliefs that have played a seminal role in our world, even as they reveal the foundation of history’s most global religious movement, and fresh insights into the Western world's single most influential human being.
Tackling all of these matters and more, Great Courses favorite Professor Ehrman returns with the unprecedented historical inquiry of How Jesus Became God. In 24 provocative lectures, Professor Ehrman takes you deep into the process by which the divinity of Jesus was first conceived by his followers, demonstrating how this conception was refined over time to become the core of the Christian theology. A distinguished scholar of Christianity and New York Times best-selling author, Professor Ehrman develops the inquiry with meticulous research and in-depth analysis of texts. In these lectures, Ehrman reveals that the theological understanding of Jesus as God came about through a complex series of factors and events, each of which must be understood in order to grasp this most extraordinary and historically pivotal story.
In the enthralling inquiry of How Jesus Became God Professor Ehrman lays bare the diverse elements that combined to produce both an astonishing true-life story and one of history’s most significant developments. Join a renowned biblical scholar in grappling with this pivot.
©2014 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2014 The Great Courses
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By Katherine on 04-16-17

Interesting topic, but the narration?

I love Dr. Ehrman's books. His scholarship and writing are outstanding. I have emailed him some follow-up questions, and he has always responded promptly and graciously.

Many of Dr. Ehrman's books are narrated by other people. I was curious to hear from Dr. Ehrman himself, so I purchased this course. Now I understand. Unfortunately, Dr. Ehrman's speaking/lecturing voice can be grating to my ears. That couldn't help but detract from my interest in what he was saying.

I continue to respect Dr. Ehrman's scholarship and writing, but I can't recommend his lectures. Maybe he can take some voice lessons to learn to modulate his tones when lecturing. Until then, I strongly recommend his books that are read by others, but not necessarily the lectures he does himself.

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By DBruno1987 on 10-08-15

Makes sense

I was raised Catholic and this flipped my upbringing upside down. I honestly wonder what most Catholics would say when asked to describe the Son of Man. Most probably would say it was a name for Jesus. Thinking of Jesus as an apocalyptic prophet really changes things.

The lecturer was engaging and well informed. He did end up screaming the whole time, and his tone alone makes me think he has a somewhat biased view against Christianity. He sounded like he was very determined to prove a point and prove his argument. I don't think any of the information presented was necessarily faulty, but his tone certainly didn't sound calm and rational. Not a huge deal.

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By swheelie on 03-02-15

Excellent exposition of Christian doctrine

Really enjoyed this. Essential companion for anyone reading the New Testament who wants to know how it came to be.

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By Robert Winston on 05-20-16

Authoritative

Excellent, clear and comprehensive handling of the subject. Highly recommend.
Erhman demonstrates why he is such a well respected biblical scholar and expert on the historicity of Jesus.

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By Alison on 07-17-17

highly recommended

enthusiastically presented. well documented. eye opening and challenging. exposes many myths. will listen to it again.

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